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Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert

Michon Mackedon
Photographs by Peter Goin

This environmentally charged and no-holds barred survey of nuclear culture in Nevada is illustrated with "Atomic Pop" images of the nuclear era.


Michon Mackedon served on the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects and has written articles on Nevada for numerous publications.

Peter Goin is an internationally renowned photographer and the author of numerous books including Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe (University of New Mexico Press). He is the cofounder and president of Black Rock Institute Press and Foundation Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno.


“Despite its title, Bombast is not the least bombastic. It would rather pile up facts than point fingers. Although it is clear that Mackedon feels that many decisions about the frequency and location of atomic testing sites were made more for political than scientific reasons, she is a historian, not a polemicist. And the history she tells comes alive, especially to the 'duck and cover' generation that lived through those terrible and innocent days.”



Published By Black Rock Institute Press

8 x 9.5 in. 236 pages 4 maps, 31 color plates, 15 black-and-white photographs, 6 illustrations